It occurred to me to ask the question, Why do some die and some live? And the answer was clearly, that on the whole the best fitted lived. From the effects of disease the most healthy escaped; from enemies, the strongest, the swiftest, or the most cunning; from famine, the best hunters or those with the best digestion; and so on.
Then I at once saw, that the eve represent variability of all living things would furnish the material from which, by the mere weeding out of those less adapted to the actual conditions, the fittest alone would continue the race.
There suddenly flashed upon me the idea of the survival of the fittest.
The more I thought over it, the more I became convinced that I had at length found the long-sought-for law of nature that solved the problem of the Origin of Species.” —Alfred Russel Wallace, 1905
I apologize for the temporary absence, but I would like to announce that The Biology Lair is back and will have daily biology posts for your consumption! The first new post will be up around 7:00 US Eastern Time today.
The Biology Lair also has a new look - please check it out and feel free to provide feedback! I have also added the new pages - “Neurobiology,” “Pathology,” and “Vertebrate Morphology,” all of which will be soon populated.
Because I am a student and have just begun a new semester, you can also expect more advanced posts, particularly pertaining to the Neurobiology and Vertebrate Morphology courses I’m currently taking.
Thank you to all who have been following and share my passion for biology!